Louis de Mieulle

Defense Mechanisms

Defense Mechanisms

by Louis de Mieulle

Released 11/11/11
Released 11/11/11
Louis de Mieulle: comp, bass, keyboards
Matt Garstka: drums
Casimir Liberski: piano, keyboards

Aaron Nevezie: recording and mixing (The Bunker Studio,BK)
Allan Tucker: mastering
Artwork: Michel Henricot, by courtesy
NOTES
"Is there such a thing as “math-jazz”? I’ve no idea, but it will have you tapping your toe and scratching your head at one and the same time. An engaging and sometimes challenging, but always entertaining listen." (Roger Trenwith - DPRP)

"Strangely hypnotic and trance-like." (Jon Neudorf - Sea of Tranquility)

"Intelligent music with melody, emotions and a lot of feelings." (Philippe Vallin - Clair & Obscur)


11/11/2011

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Louis de Mieulle: Defense Mechanisms

"Defense Mechanisms" was my first release since I moved to the USA in 2008. Featuring Matt Garstka on drums and Casimir Liberski on keyboards. Recorded at the Bunker Studio (Williamsburg) by Aaron Nevezie, summer 2011.

Each one of these tunes has its own form - thus tells its own story. I'm fascinated by musical forms/structures. It's like writing a scenario. The absence of lyrics actually gives the composer more freedom.

Economy of means. I've always liked to start a tune with a simple, short rhythmic/melodic idea, and then developing/mutating it until the whole piece "makes sense". I like repetition and slow developments. Too many jazz musicians are afraid of repetition (and silence, but that's another story).

It seems my mind feels reassured by the formal "logic" of that music. This intellectual demand is thankfully counterbalanced by an extreme sensibility. You have no right to call my music "intellectual" or "cold". This could make me cry...!

 

[Detailed analysis of each track findable on my BLOG page] 

 

You can read reviews of the album here:

Dutch Progressive Rock Pages

Sea of Tranquility

Clair & Obscur (french)

Music Waves (french) 

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 "Projection" 

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Track analysis available HERE

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"Displacement"

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Track analysis available HERE

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- Part 1 (Tension) 

- Part 2 (Release)

"Inversion, augmentation, retrograde, exchange, superimposition, sugar".

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Track analysis available HERE

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Means "future" in old Norse. She was one of the three Norns, or goddesses of destiny, in Norse mythology. 

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“Mais vous, ô Mathématiques concises, par l’enchaînement rigoureux de vos propositions tenaces et la constance de vos lois de fer, vous faites luire, aux yeux éblouis, un reflet puissant de cette vérité suprême dont on remarque l’empreinte dans l’ordre de l’univers.” (Lautréamont, Les Chants de Maldoror)

"But you, O concise Mathematics, through rigorous sequences of your tenacious propositions and constancy of your unchangeable laws, you offer, to dazzled eyes, a mighty reflection upon the supreme truth whose imprint can be seen on the order of the universe".

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Track analysis available HERE

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Ladybug (piano) teaches a song to Cockchafer (organ). Scarab (bass) intervenes - he's jealous. The two lovers then proceed with a duet. Cockchafer is so happy that he goes into a generous improvisation. But Skuld underhandedly decides to end all this nonsense.

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"Votre esprit est entraîné perpétuellement hors de ses gonds, et surpris dans le piège de ténèbres construit avec un art grossier par l'égoïsme et l'amour-propre." (Isidore Ducasse, Poésies 1 )

“Your mind is constantly driven out of control, and gets caught in the obscure trap crudely shaped by selfishness and high self-esteem.”

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Track analysis available HERE

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Six different members of a family, more or less related to each other. It could be anybody's family - the listener is encouraged to find correspondances with his/her own tribe...

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Track analysis available HERE

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"Qu'est-ce que le sourire en dedans de la tête, comme une ride intelligente?

Quand les rides ça se met a être intelligent, c'est ce qui fait le monde clos." ( Léo Ferré, Et...Basta! )

“What’s a smile inside the head, a smart wrinkle?

When wrinkles get smart, that’s the self-contained world.”

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Improvised bass solo, recorded in one take, one month after the other tunes. 

I'm generally not a fan a solo bass pieces; I kind of challenged myself to do one, though...!